Thanks to a few playmakers we identified ahead of the game, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) were able to cool off the Buffalo Bills (3-2) and end their recent hot streak. Here’s how the Bengals playmakers fared against the Bills:
QB Andy Dalton
Dalton had a decent game against the Bills. He became the first quarterback to eclipse 300 yards passing on Buffalo’s stingy defense this season, but conversely, the bills picked him off twice. Kudos to him for continuously attempting to get the ball to A.J. Green. The star wide receiver was guarded by rookie Tre’Davious White all game and Dalton and the rest of the Bengals offense recognized pretty quickly that the matchup heavily favored Cincinnati.
WR A.J. Green
His 189 yards receiving against the Bills was the third highest total that Green has ever produced in a single game. Green added a touchdown as well, and his seven-catch day wasn’t too shabby either. At times, Green looked downright dominant against the Bills, like on the 77-yard TD play where Green just straight schooled White on a double move.
The three-headed rushing attack
Joe Mixon finally got the Bengals running backs their first touchdown of 2017, but other than that, it was tough sledding for Cincinnati's highly-touted trio of backs. They rushed for 65 yards total, with 51 of those yards coming from Mixon. They didn’t fare any better in the passing game. Giovani Bernard was the only one to record a catch in the game.
LB Vontaze Burfict
Burfict was a force to be reckoned with against the Bills in just his second game this season. There wasn't much more that the linebacker could have done, producing 13 tackles and a sack. Burfict is a big reason as to why the Bills running game was grounded for yet another week.
CB Adam 'Pacman' Jones
The veteran had a quiet game, only showing up in the box score because of his one assisted tackle. He left the game very early with an injury.